Bernd Ingold died May 2 following stroke complications. He was 68. He and wife Karin came to Haines in 1989 from Switzerland to build a vacation home on Oslund Drive. Bernd was an avid fisherman. The couple developed a friendship with the late Allie and Marty Cordes. Their daughter Sandra Huber-Ingold spent several summers in Haines and became interested in Tlingit culture and the works of the Krause brothers, who came to Alaska under the sponsorship of the Berlin Geographic Society in 1887. Huber-Ingold wrote her master’s thesis on Tlingit culture for the University of Zurich in 1993. A copy is available at the Sheldon Museum. Bernd is survived by Karin, Sandra, son-in-law Thomas Huber-Ingold and grandchildren Marc Andre and Lynn Sara Huber-Ingold. Condolences may be sent to Karin at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at Imfeld 4; CH-8926; Kappel a. A. Switzerland.
Suzi McCollum Linden is in town with son Rowan Polen and husband Charles Linden for two weeks. Suzi and Charles were married April 24 in John’s Creek, Ga. at the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. Rowan served as best man and walked Suzi down the aisle of the Old Warsaw Church, built in the mid-1800s. Dayna Weiler was matron of honor and Haines friends Erica Merklin and Becky Hunt joined the celebration. Suzi and Charles were college sweethearts who met through a mutual friend, Robert Givens. Givens brought the two together again when Charles noticed Robert had "friended" Suzi on Facebook. Suzi and Charles live in Norcross, Ga. outside Atlanta, where Suzi works as an artist and nanny. She’s happy to be spending time at her Haines cabin.
Jansy and Vince Hansen attended the May 26 graduation of their daughter, Ann Hansen, at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. Ann received a degree in foreign studies with an emphasis in political science and was awarded military and athletic distinction. A week of events included the commission ceremony at which family friend Father Patrick Travers had the honor of commissioning Ann Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. Travers is with St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Juneau and serves as an Air Force chaplain. During the official parade, graduating members of the Wings of Blue skydiving team, including Ann, jumped into the parade grounds to join their squadron. Twenty two friends and family members attended the graduation, including Ann’s sisters Kelly and Christine. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Adm. Mike Mullen gave the commencement speech. Graduates were dismissed as the Thunderbirds soared overhead. Ann has 60 days’ leave before reporting to the Air Force. She will be in Costa Rica for Spanish language training and will be stationed at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas.
A wedding reception for Stuart and Lexie DeWitt will be held 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 18 at Letnikof Cove beach. Call Toni DeWitt for a rain location.
The Haines Woman’s Club hosted the annual Alaska state Woman’s Club convention over Memorial Day weekend. Club members from Haines and Anchorage met for two days to share success stories and plan projects. Julie Shook chaired the convention planning and worked with members to organize educational entertainment. Haines member Jerrie Clarke gave a presentation on her four seasons at an archaeological site in Egypt. Nancy Nash led the Haines Women’s A Capella Chorus Friday evening and Steve Kroschel brought animals from his wildlife park to the bald eagle foundation. Members were delighted by a newly born caribou, baby porcupine, lynx, and a pine marten that Steve’s son Garrett has trained from birth. Member C.J. Jones gave a presentation on Haines history. The women were impressed with the new totem outside the public library that honors the Woman’s Club role in starting Haines’ first library. Among out-of-town representatives were state president, Karen "Kandy" Kissis, from Anchorage and Missi McCoy, who traveled from Washington, D.C. as the national head of the junior club. Visitors had a treat on Friday when member Joyce Towne noticed northern lights coming out over town after midnight. The ladies woke each other to watch the display. Haines President Georgia Sampson says local club members are gearing up for their annual Fourth of July pie sale. They’re planning an August potluck luncheon at Tlingit Park to recruit new members.
Fred Einspruch spent Memorial Day completing a self-styled biathlon. Fred kayaked around Chilkat Peninsula from Chilkat State Park to Mud Bay with Katya Kirsch and made a solo hike up Mount Riley.
Summer interns are in Haines, lending their time and experience to organizations. Kathy McCardwell is at Sheldon Museum this summer on an internship funded by a state museum grant. She will be making an inventory of the Sheldon Museum’s collection. Kathy is working on her master’s degree in anthropology at the University of Colorado. She worked as the Hammer Museum’s intern in 2007 and as a Sheldon Museum volunteer last summer. Kathy will work with C.J. Jones, who also is mentoring intern Miranda Traudt, funded through the same state museum grant. Miranda will be creating a catalog for a recently acquired collection related to the hickory handle manufacturing industry, and assisting with grant writing. Miranda is working toward master’s degrees in art history and museum studies at Syracuse University in upstate New York. Kelly Morton started her internship with the Hammer Museum three weeks ago and has been learning the details and stories of the collection for summer tours, and working with new cataloguing software. Kelly graduated this year from University of California with a double major in art history and museum studies. Hammer Museum director Dave Pahl is planning a summer picnic for current and former interns in Haines, including Kathy and former intern Susannah Dowds.
The American Bald Eagle Foundation is hosting three interns from Auburn University. Eva Matthews is a senior majoring in zoology and marketing. She is training Sarah, the great horned owl, for public presentations. Eva has experience with raptor handling and rehabilitation through Auburn’s raptor center in Alabama. Jessica Larson is a junior majoring in zoology. She is responsible for the primary care of Zilla, the Lanner-Saker falcon. She is training Zilla to fly to a lure for free flight demonstrations. Kori Gaskill is a recent Auburn graduate with a major in equine science. Kori worked at Auburn’s raptor center training turkey vultures. At the foundation she’s assigned to the barred owl Hunter, and giving tours. Kori will stay through the bald eagle festival in November.
Trevor Ose is back in town after two months in the Mojave desert tracking desert tortoises. He worked with Sally Boisvert and took time to check out local hot springs. On the way home Trevor saw Debbie Zmistowski in Bellingham. Debbie has extended her green thumb to the urban turf between the street and sidewalk where she’s planted a booming vegetable garden.
attended a ceremony in Whitehorse June 1 to honor friend Paul Cyr. Paul, a longtime Skagway employee of the White Pass railroad, was named Yukon Department of Transportation’s Pioneer of the Year. One of Paul’s feats was digging a young White Pass employee out of an avalanche 35 years ago. That young man was former Haines postmaster Wayne Selmer, who attended the ceremony from Anchorage and gave moving remarks to the gathering. Paul and his wife Alice Cyr live in Tagish. Snyder got to know the couple traveling to Skagway as public health nurse.and Mary Asper were in Berkeley, Calif. to welcome their first granddaughter, Leah Asper, the daughter of Leif and Erika Asper. Leah was born May 3, weighing 7 lbs. and measuring 20 inches. Leif’s family arrives this month for a summer visit along with the Asper’s son Gabe, his wife Preciousa and their two boys, Mark and Ace.